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Welcome to St Thomas

This gem in the US Virgin Islands welcomes visitors with sun, sand, and shopping—all the essentials. The capital, Charlotte Amalie, bustles with a jumble of small streets lined with colonial buildings, duty-free shops, and restaurants where you can while the day away. Take a private or group city sightseeing tour to visit historic landmarks like Fort Christian Museum and Hotel 1829, and also explore the lookout at Drake’s Seat for a magnificent view. Then get ready for fun on a water adventure tour, ranging from kayaking and snorkeling, to scuba diving and stand-up paddleboarding. Or head with a group to impressive Caribbean beaches, including pristine Lindquist Beach, popular Magens Bay, and tranquil Hull Bay. Get up close to the blue sea on a tour that takes you sport fishing on St. Thomas; snorkeling with sea turtles; or diving in French Cap, Cow and Calf, and Eagle Shoals. Or ease into a peaceful kayak excursion through the mangrove lagoons. Thrill-seekers can try their hand at a parasailing flight that rewards with spectacular views. Day trips to other islands allow travelers to easily discover St. John’s vast national parkland and the British Virgin Islands’ natural pools and exotic sea life.

Top 10 attractions in St Thomas

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Sapphire Beach

Sapphire Beach

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With more than 40 major beaches lining St Thomas’ shores, how do you decide which to visit?One of the most popular is Sapphire Beach, located on the east end of the island. This area of St Thomas is known for its laid-back atmosphere and is home to some of the best views of neighboring St John. With a mix of red-tiled roof homes and commerical buildings, the area is anchored by Red Hook, a popular spot for boating enthusiasts and where the historic center of Charlotte Amalie is located.Sapphire Beach, an ideal stop for cruise ship passengers exploring St Thomas for a day, features about 35 acres of fine white sand beaches and is also a great choice for families. The waters are calm and good for snorkeling, while the sea grape trees on the right end of the beach provide some shade for beach goers. The left side, however, is ideal for sunbathing. Keep your eyes open for ducks and iguanas wandering the shores.At the nearby Sapphire Beach Resort, visitors can rent lounge chairs and snorkeling equipment, or opt for other water activities, such as windsurfing, kayaking, jet skiing and sailing.More
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Water Island

Water Island

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Water Island is the smallest of the main US Virgin Islands, and that’s what gives it its charm. Rather than shops and restaurants, it’s the thatched cabanas and lazy vibe of idyllic beaches like Honeymoon Beach that are its main draw.Away from the beach, you can tour the underground tunnels and watchtowers of Fort Segarra, built during WWII. Getting around the island by bicycle is highly recommended.Around 160 people are fortunate enough to live on Water Island, but the volcanic island remains undeveloped. Facilities are limited to a few food outlets, dive shops and charters, a beach bar, fishing operator and ferry dock.The US Virgin Island’s so-called fourth island, Water Island only joined the group relatively recently, in 1996, and so far it’s kept its low-key atmosphere and local character.More
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Magens Bay

Magens Bay

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Thanks to its curving arc of white sand and its bright blue water, Magens Bay is St. Thomas’ most popular beach. The area is surrounded by forests and palm trees, and the bay offers calm waves for swimming and kayaking. For stunning views of the bay’s unusual rectangular shape and mile of beach, head to the nearby Mountain Top lookout.More
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Mountain Top

Mountain Top

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Perched on a set of cliffs overlooking Caribbean waters, Mountain Top is considered the oldest and tallest attraction on the island. With an elevation of 2,100 feet above sea level, it provides visitors with some of the best views on St Thomas. More than 20 neighboring islands can be seen from the top.The views from Mountain Top are so renowned thatNational Geographic Magazine hails the spot as one of the Top 10 Scenic Views in the world. The site wasn't always accessible, however; it was occupied by the United States during the 1940s as a strategic communications location called Signal Hill.Today, the site is also considered a shopping mecca and known as the birthplace of the banana daiquiri.Even so, it's a toss-up as to whether visitors like the site's views or shopping better. A shopping mecca, this is where people come to check out a range of unique souvenirs and handicrafts. Shops selling everything from T-shirts to Cruzan Rum are at Mountain Top, along with international brands like Tommy Bahama, Reef, Guy Harveyand Panama Jack.If you are a fan of banana daiquiris, Mountain Top is the place to be. As the self-proclaimed birthplace of the beloved tropical drink, Mountain Top legend has it that in 1953, a British sea captain by the name of George Coule was sailing from his native Barbados in search of the perfect Caribbean cocktail. He tried Guava Gimlets in Guadeloupe, Soursop Sodas in Saba and Mango Margaritas in Martinique, but when he arrived on the highest mountain in St Thomas, he found the banana daiquiri.More
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Coki Beach

Coki Beach

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Coki Beach is considered St. Thomas’ party beach and is always full of families, revelers, and vendors. Snorkelers and scuba divers love the clear water and sea creatures here, while beach-goers enjoy the white sands, sunshine, and wandering vendors who offer drinks and snacks, souvenirs, sunscreen, and hair braiding.More
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Secret Harbour Beach Resort

Secret Harbour Beach Resort

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Secret Harbour Beach Resort is located on St Thomas’ East End, at Nazareth Bay near Red Hook and the popular beach of Vessup Bay.The resort is situated on prime island real estate with its gorgeous shoreline and crystal clear waters. Some visitors opt for a variety of water sports and activities such as kayaking, paddle-boarding and snorkeling, while others choose to simply relax on the beach and take in the mesmerizing views. The secluded cove creates a shelter that allows very calm waters to reach the seashore and makes the spot safe for children. Secret Harbour also has an onsite PADI dive shop with rental equipment of all kinds.The resort features several spots for grabbing a drink or a bite to eat, including the ever-popular Cruzan Beach Club, offering a number of cool Caribbean-inspired cocktails and fusion cuisine. The tiki-style bar is quite casual and welcoming to visitors looking for that barefoot experience. A bit more upscale is the Sunset Grille, an American-style restaurant with traditional culinary classics that have a touch of Caribbean influence.Those with a goal of not leaving their beach chair can order Cruzan Beach Club tropical drinks and some menu items right from their beach chair or hammock.More
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Coral World Ocean Park

Coral World Ocean Park

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One of the top family-friendly attractions in the US Virgin Islands, Coral World Ocean Park combines both indoor and outdoor observation facilities which showcase the region’s diverse and plentiful marine life. Highlights include the hermit crab, starfish, and sea cucumber touch pool and the 50,000-gallon Deep Reef Tank, home to moray eels, tarpon, and plenty of sharks.More
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Drake's Seat

Drake's Seat

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For one of the best views on St. Thomas, make the drive to the mountaintop perch at Drake’s Seat. Here you can keep lookout over Magens Bay and the British Virgin Islands, just as Sir Francis Drake was said to do from this very spot in order to catch pirates, privateers and invading naval ships approaching from the north via Drake’s Passage, also bearing his name. Today, this lookout point sports a stone platform with a bench atop it, and it’s a popular top for tour groups. The crowds mostly disperse by evening however, making Drake’s Seat an ideal spot to take in the sunset.More
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Yacht Haven Grande

Yacht Haven Grande

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Wandering the marina at Yacht Haven Grande to marvel at some of the stunning megayachts that call St Thomas home is an elite experience in itself. The near 50-slip marina is the premier facility for these beautiful ships, some over 450 feet long.The area's Yacht Haven Grande can also keep you occupied with duty-free shopping and plenty of places to grab a bite or just relax with a cocktail or two.Upscale brands are plentiful at Yacht Haven Grande, which was rated “Best Shopping” for three years by the Virgin Island Daily News Reader Poll. Recognizable international brands such as Bebe, Bulgari, Coach, Ferragamo, Gucci and Louis Vuitton are among the designer stores, and the site also has a wealth of jewelry shops. Unique stores catering to pets, Caribbean crafts, cigars and electronics are all in the line-up too.If you are looking for dining options, consider Fat Turtle, a hip spot featuring Caribbean flavors with a touch of fun–how can you not smile with a rubber ducky floating in your cocktail? There's also Grande Cru, an upscale wine bar offering tasting flights and interesting cocktails created by mixologists. Look for Mediterranean-inspired tapas plates.The marina also hosts various events throughout the year including a local farmer’s market, performing arts, yoga and more.More
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Skytsborg Historical Park

Skytsborg Historical Park

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Known also as Blackbeard’s Castle, the Skytsborg Historic Park is one of St. Thomas’s most beautiful landmarks. The park contains, alongside life-sized bronze pirate statues, some of the most beautiful architecture and ocean views on the island. Situated scenically on a hilltop overlooking the harbor and surrounding sea, the park sits on five acres and includes multiple manor houses dating back to the 17th century. The houses collectively contain the largest display of authentic West Indian mahogany furniture, which is all handmade. The Villa Notman, Haagensen House and Hotel 1829 are listed on the National Register of Historic PlacesMarked paths allow for self-guided walking tours that tell the history of the area. The Skytsborg Tower is of particular interest, having been a 17th century Danish defense tower built to protect the harbor. There are also three pools, many terraces, and tropical gardens to explore throughout.More

Top activities in St Thomas

Private Luxury Catamaran Yacht. Full or Half Day Charter - Sail, Beach, Snorkel.

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Sea Trek Helmet Dive at Coral World Ocean Park
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USVI and BVI Private Boat Charters - New, Fast Powerboats for Half and Full Day

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Private Fast Power Catamaran. Full or Half Day for Beach Hopping, Snorkel & Swim

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Snorkel Cat Adventure

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Circle the Island of St. John | Lunch stop at Lime Out (Taco Boat)
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Recent reviews from experiences in St Thomas

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St Thomas to St John, day sailing, snorkeling, swim with sea turtles and stringrays !
Nicole_P, Jun 2021
Full Day Sail & Snorkel Experience - St John & Surrounding Cays - 6 Guest Max
This adventure was wonderful on a beautiful summer day, sailing from St Thomas to St John return.
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Great tour, wonderful way to see St. Thomas
Karen_H, May 2021
Shop, See, & Splash
Great way to see St Thomas.
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Amazing Tour!
Dalia_D, Apr 2021
St Thomas Mangrove Lagoon Kayak and Snorkel Tour
Definitely recommend to visit them while visiting St Thomas.
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Breathtaking Views
PastorMonica, Mar 2021
St. Thomas Island Tour with Mountain Top and Magens Bay Beach
Mountaintop was a sight to see and of course the Banana Daquiri was amazing.
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Great snorkeling with incredible lunch and service
Matt_N, Jul 2021
Snorkel Cat Adventure
The crew took us to a couple good spots to see lots of sea life.
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The turtles were amazing!
Frances_H, May 2021
Illuminated Kayak After Dark – Departing Marriott's Frenchman's Cove Dock/Beach
While researching TripAdvisor for things to do in St Thomas we came across Kayak After Dark.
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Great experience!
Peg_R, Mar 2021
USVI and BVI Private Boat Charters - New, Fast Powerboats for Half and Full Day
He took us to the St John area and directed us on where to snorkel to see some amazing sea life!
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A Must TO Do If First Time On St Thomas!
Jan_A, Feb 2021
Sights, Scenes, & Shopping Spree
We visited the Mountain Top and enjoyed fresh banana frozen daiquiri, had a great stop in downtown Charlotte Amali for wonderful shopping, and he even accommodated my special request to see Red Hook.
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Fun and adventurous
Karolis_S, Jan 2021
Flavors of St Thomas Walking Food Tour
One of the best activities we did at St Thomas during a week of stay there, highly recommend you’ll learn a few things
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best tour
kim, Sep 2020
Shopping, Sightseeing and Swimming Excursion
She was excellent want to see st thomas this the tour, WE LOVED IT , Bring swimsuits she takes you to the beach
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Dinner cruise
Hermas_P, Jul 2020
Sunset Dinner Sail from the Marriott's Frenchman's Cove
Was able to see a lot of St Thomas Harbor.
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The only trip you'll need when you visit st. Thomas
lwells2007, Feb 2020
Shop, See, & Splash
Trip was everything you need to see in St Thomas.
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PMS private snorkeling
Edward S, May 2019
Morning Private Half-Day Snorkeling trip
We heard lots of stories about the area and were guided to some awesome reef areas where we were able to see many beautiful fish, a barracuda, a stingray and a sea turtle.
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